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Magnus Carlsen vs Valerij Popov
Corus Group C (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-04  MoonlitKnight: A good example of greed being punished. 19...dxc4? was a bad move under time pressure.
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  lostemperor: Also Carlsen adopts Fischer's opening. This opening is becoming fashionable again. Fischer vs Geller, 1967 He deviated with 15. Bd3 which is played only few times.
Jan-31-04  MoonlitKnight: Isn't 15.Be2 stronger, in view of these two games? Bd3 only prevents e4 until Be7 is played, so it would seem like a waste of time.
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  lostemperor: Bd3 has some advantages, I think. Black is sort of forced to do 17...e4 (since white's bishop is looking at the h7 pawn) what weakens its centerpawns constellation.
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  lostemperor: Black hasn't got too many good alternatives for 19...dxc4. Doing 19 ...♖xf1 looks dangerous and takes nerves of steel. Eg. 19... ♖xf1+ 20. ♖xf1 ♗b7 21. cxd5 exd5 (♗xd5 better) 22. ♕f4 ♔d7 23. ♕f7 ♖e8 24. ♗g4+ ♔d8 25. ♕e6 ♔c7 26. ♗f4+ ♗d6 27. ♕d7+.

And 19... ♗xg5 20. ♕xg5 ♕e7 21. ♖xf8+ ♔xf8 22. ♖f1+ ♔e8 23. ♗h5+ g6 24. ♗xg6+ hxg6 25. ♕xg6+ ♔d8 26. ♖f7 is lost

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Sep-10-15  RKnight: Popov gave up the ghost with 25...Kb6. If instead 25...Bd7 26. Qxe7 Qxe7 27. Bxe7, Magnus would be up a B to 3 weak isolated passed pawns and would probably win, but Popov would have some chance.

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